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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 4, 2011 7:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Hi Cliff,

still haven't received mine yet (but that's my fault for living out in the boondocks!), however I have read 2-3 reports where listeners have suggested that Keith is a bit low in the mix. From what listening you have managed so far, can you confirm or deny this? OK, Jerry is/was/always will be the main man (apologies to Pigpen, Phil, Bob et al) but, to me at least, Europe '72 was all about the full juxtaposition with Keith being a main-player in the combination. I hope that, in their rush to accumulate even more Yankee Dollar, they haven't up-cocked by letting him (Keith) sink too low in the mix and thus messed-up the chance of a lifetime (i.e. they won't revisit it to correct it).
Would appreciate your input.
TW-4-10-0-9

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Poster: geolectro Date: Sep 5, 2011 1:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Keith is tragically low. I would argue Keith, at this point, was perhaps the most talented musician on the stage. I would not make that argument about any other point in his career with the band. Phil sounds awesome. Let the bashing commence...

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 5, 2011 1:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Thanks for the input and, no, I ain't gonna argue with it ...

Thanks again.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 5, 2011 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

I'm not going to bash your opinion. And I agree that Keith's play is a big reason that the music from the Europe '72 tour is so fine, particularly the Dark Stars, Other Ones and Morning Dews. It's true Keith gets buried in spots and the piano levels could have been a touch higher. But he's not the most important guy on the stage in my opinion.

Overall this is a fantistic product and the sound quality is excellent. And if you are a Philophile, you will not find a better disc of music than disc three of Rotterdam (5/11/72). Easily one of the greatest discs of music that the band has yet to release...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 4, 2011 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Relax Bro!

Yes, the level of Keith's keyboard is mixed just a tad low at times, but the sound quality of this boxed set is superb. It's singularly the greatest product the Grateful Dead have made available to date.

Listening to the Munchen 5/18 Morning Dew right now, rather loud, and Keith sounds fine. Nice Pigpen swirling organ fills complementing Keith's gorgeous piano.

Youre in for a real treat when your trunk arrives and you won't be disapointed!

This music only makes me hope that similsr products are released in the future!

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 5, 2011 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Totally agree - after hearing about 10 discs now, I don't think Keith is given short shrift at all. The mix is superb, clarity quite stunning... you can hear the "live" feeling in each hall. You will not be disappointed!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 5, 2011 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

I listened to the Lille (5/13/72) performance this morning and found this one sounds just a bit over produced. The audio quality is perfect, but the remastering seems to have washed out some of the loose "Au naturel" outdoor vibe of this freebie show that was reflected more in both the Ladner and Miller transfers.

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 5, 2011 1:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Paging Cliff Hucker and other E72 box set recipients

Cliff,

always a business having pleasure with you (hope I spelt that right!).

I'll try and keep calm and look forward to Keith & Pigpen doing their 'Duelling Banjos' impersonation.

and, even if 'it' never arrives, at least I was conscious enough to 'secure' all available soundboard copies of the shows in question (in triplicate!) before the axe dropped and they took the long and winding road (good idea for a song, perhaps) to nowhere land.

Thanks again.